Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Brownsville port of entry assisted in preventing a driver who was driving erratically from harming his family members on Highway 48 in Brownsville, Texas.
On July 6, CBP officers were returning from the Office of Air and Marine Air Marine/Sea Crewman training in Port Isabel, Texas and were traveling via Highway 48 southbound towards the Gateway International Bridge. The officers noticed a white 2004 Pontiac Grand Am traveling at a high rate of speed, swerving in and out of traffic. CBP officers noticed that a young female was hanging out of the passenger side back window screaming for help. CBP officers also noticed that the front seat passenger had the door open and that the female passenger was also screaming for help. The female passenger was holding the door open as if wanting to jump out of the moving vehicle.
The officers immediately initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle due to the imminent danger and to give assistance to the passengers. The driver immediately stopped his vehicle at the intersection and was immediately handcuffed; a strong smell of alcohol was emitted from the driver who had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. All occupants were safely taken out of the vehicle and secured in a safe distance away.
Brownsville police department units arrived at the scene advised that they had received a concerned citizen's call regarding the erratic driver; Brownsville police officers took the driver into custody and placed him in a patrol car. The passengers, consisting of a mother and her two minor children were all attended to and questioned by PD regarding the situation. Brownsville police department officers arrested the driver for reckless driving and disorderly conduct.
The mother and children were released by Brownsville police officers and left in their vehicle. No injuries were sustained by any of the driver's family members, the driver or CBP officers.
All three CBP officers demonstrated high levels of professionalism and officer safety involving this matter. They applied their training skills and demonstrated the ability to be in control in a very stressful situation.
"I am extremely proud of Brownsville's CBP officers; their quick action in response to this erratic driver kept him from harming his family, himself or any other innocent bystander. This could have had a very different outcome if not for the quick actions taken by our CBP officers," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.